This page is about Africa.
Here's the list of countries:
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Congo, Democratic Republic of
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sierra Leone
- South Africa
- South Sudan
54 countries! This is going to take a very long to get through.
Africa is the birthplace of human-kind, with modern humans evolving there thousands of years ago. Home to innumerable civilizations and ancient empires (e.g., Egypt, Ghana), Africa is also home to many of Earth's natural resources. Moreover, Africa is home to some of the few markets left with growth! (Nigeria is booming!)
For much of its post-industrial history, Africa was colonized by the European imperial powers. France, England, Germany, and even Belgium got in on the action. Unfortunately, imperialism brutalized and exploited the Africans ruthlessly in pursuit of profit. Additionally, arbitrary ethnic identities were created by the colonizers that fostered genocide later on. The national boundaries created during the Berlin Conference were equally arbitrary, with little regards paid to ethnic identities or even geographical boundaries, in some cases. This also created ethno-religious tensions.
Following World War II, most African colonies of European powers became independent. One reason commonly cited for this is that the Europeans realized that Nazism was similarly imperialistic, and were appalled at this historical connection.
Modern-day Africa retains much of its pre-colonial cultural identity, with languages, religions, customs, and, yes, food, preserved. Because Africa is diverse, that will mean a long and delicious trip for an "armchair foodie."